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Gilfillan Surname History



The Picts were the ancient Scottish tribe where the ancestors of the Gilfillan family lived. The name Gilfillan comes from the Gaelic name Gille Fhaolain, which means servant of St. Fillan. Patronymic names often substituted the name of a saint or other revered religious figure in place of a devout bearer's actual father.

Early Origins of the Gilfillan family


The surname Gilfillan was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Gilfillan family


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Gilfillan Spelling Variations


Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Gilfillan has been spelled Gilfillan, Gilfilland, Gilfillen, Gilfillian, Gilfillin, Gilfillon, Gillfillan, Gillfilland, Gillfillen, Gillfillian and many more.

Early Notables of the Gilfillan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Gilfillan family to the New World and Oceana


In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Gilfillan:

Gilfillan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Gilfillan who settled in New Jersey in 1685
  • John Gilfillan, who landed in New Jersey in 1685 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Gilfillan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Gilfillan, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Gilfillan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Gilfillan, aged 19, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Lismoyne"

Gilfillan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Alexander Gilfillan, aged 48, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Mandarin" in 1841
  • Mary Gilfillan, aged 34, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Mandarin" in 1841
  • Georgia Gilfillan, aged 12, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Mandarin" in 1841
  • Elizabeth Gilfillan, aged 11, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Mandarin" in 1841
  • Mary Gilfillan, aged 10, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Mandarin" in 1841
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Contemporary Notables of the name Gilfillan (post 1700)


  • Merrill D. Gilfillan (b. 1945), American poet
  • Reverend Joseph Alexander Gilfillan (1838-1913), Irish-born, American missionary in northern Minnesota from 1873 until 1908
  • John Bachop "J.B." Gilfillan (1835-1924), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota
  • James Gilfillan (1836-1929), 13th Treasurer of the United States
  • Calvin Willard Gilfillan (1832-1901), American politician, Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • Robert Gilfillan (1798-1850), Scottish songwriter and poet
  • Reverend George Gilfillan (1813-1878), Scottish poet and critic

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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